An exceptional and substantial period village house in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Guide price: £1,750,000
Location: Brownshill, Stroud
Living spaces: 5
Vendors' thoughts: "Cotswold Lodge has a really lovely feel, everyone comments on it, and we have loved raising our family here. The house is so light, bright and spacious with lovely views across the Golden Valley. The rooms are all large so even when there is a full house it never feels crowded. Although in the middle of a village it has always felt private and quiet. We love the convenient location. The country’s award winning farmers market in Stroud is less than 10minutes away and is the starting point to every Saturday. There are plenty of beautiful country walks that end in idyllic pubs. And as keen travellers we have benefitted from the proximity to airports, rail and road. We can be at Heathrow or the Welsh coast in an hour and a half or get to London on the train in just over an hour . There are many small pretty villages in the surrounding valleys but the house is also so close to Cirencester, Cheltenham, Bath and Bristol for more restaurants, theatre and shopping. As an outdoorsy family the garden has been so much fun for us from the kids playing games, climbing trees, and riding bikes to sausages on the fire pit watching Danny Champion of the World on a makeshift cinema under the canopy of trees, competitive family races, croquet, boules, growing vegetables and lots of very special parties. We have really enjoyed the flexibility of the space and being abIe to share it with family and friends. "
In a nutshell: A truly exceptional Cotswold home with fabulous proportions and stunning gardens. A home with soul and character.
Cotswold Lodge is a fabulous period country home in a village location. The owners have been mindful to create a welcoming home with an abundance of character and charm throughout. All the rooms are beautifully bright and light with views over the terraces and gardens.
The kitchen/ family room is clearly the heart of the house and a superb room in which to put the world to rights over morning coffee or whilst cooking up a treat for family and friends. The open plan seating and dining areas make this a very sociable room which lends itself brilliantly to everyday living but also adapts well to entertaining larger numbers. There is plenty of worktop and storage space.
The dining room, with open fireplace, is perfect for dinner parties and special occasions or equally for everyday dining.
The snug is bright and light and a quiet corner for hiding away with a good book.
The drawing room is ideal for relaxing on a Sunday afternoon after a long country walk. The open fireplace offers extra warmth in the colder months and the bay windows allow for plenty of natural light with stunning views over the garden.
Across the hallway the study is ideal as a home office. The cloakroom and utility are useful additions to the ground floor living space.
The first floor comprises the master bedroom with en suite bathroom and five further bedrooms with two bathrooms. All the rooms have been carefully curated to create comfortable living spaces with ample discreet storage. There is a games room on this floor which works well for family movie nights or when hosting children’s sleepovers. This wing of the house can be discreetly closed off from the main house and is ideal as a granny/ au pair annexe offering independent accommodation with a bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and an open plan kitchen dining room on the ground floor. There is private access to the garden.
Outside the gardens are delightful and a true haven of peace and tranquillity. Much thought and attention to detail has been put into creating living areas in the garden with a treehouse, a campfire, raised beds for the potager enthusiast, and an array of fruit trees and pretty herbaceous borders. The terraces come in to their in the summer when hosting BBQs and the private gravelled driveway offers ample parking. In all circa 1.4 acres.
Planning permission has been granted to create a double bay garage at the entrance of the driveway. Planning ref: S.19/2306/HHOLD.
Council Tax: Band G. EPC rating D.
Services: Mains water, gas, electricity and drainage.
Cotswold Lodge benefits from superb country living whilst being ideally placed in the hamlet of Brownshill, close to the pretty village of Chalford, which has a good community spirit with a school, a church and events such as a pop-up bar and art exhibition. The Lavender Bakehouse down the road it a wonderful spot for delicious treats.
Nearby Stroud, recently voted the best place to live by The Sunday Times, is a spirited community, surrounded by rolling countryside and pretty Cotswold villages. The town is well served and offers great amenities
with a handy Waitrose and Sainsbury’s and good travel connections. The weekly Farmer’s Market is one the biggest of its kind in the UK and offers an array of fabulous local produce.
Minchinhampton has an excellent range of day to day shops including a general store, butcher, chemist, and Post Office. Other amenities in the town include a doctor’s surgery, dentist, library, The Crown pub, a church and the common which is wonderful for walks and golf on the open course.
Known as the “Capital of the Cotswolds”, Cirencester to the East is a hub of vibrant cultural life known for its beautiful limestone townhouses, exciting boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and twice weekly markets.
Cheltenham is a short drive north and not only offers excellent shopping and dining, it is also host to fabulous literary, jazz and food festivals, and of course horse racing.
Sporting opportunities are abundant including nearby golf courses in Minchinhampton and Cirencester; bridle paths are plentiful; sailing and water sports can be enjoyed at the Cotswold Water Park.
The area offers a superb choice of schooling with an outstanding selection of state, grammar and private schools such as Chalford Primary School, Bussage Primary School, Beaudesert Park, Minchinhampton Primary School, Marling, Stroud High, Westonbirt and Cheltenham Colleges to name but a few.
Communications in the area are excellent with high-speed internet and easy access to major hubs and international airports in the South West, the Midlands and London, via the M4 and M5 motorways and well-connected direct train services.
Minchinhampton 5 miles - Painswick 7 miles - Cirencester 11 miles - Kemble Station 10 miles (London Paddington 75 mins) - M5 (Junction 13) 8 miles - Cheltenham 17 miles - M4 (Junction 18) 18 miles
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